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rslaganhs
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Death Penalty

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MGallagherNHS
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/16/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MGallagherNHS

Pro

The death penalty not only can prevent a murderer from going free eventually, but it can also possibly save innocent lives. Stated by James A. Ardaiz in an article, "A number of independent empirical studies have reached the conclusion that the existence and imposition of the death penalty results in a statistically demonstrable reduction in murders. And that means human beings are alive today instead of dead as a result of a law." The death of the convicted murderers has been proven by independent studies to reduce the amount of murders in our country. Our death penalty needs to be kept in place because it keeps innocent people safe and rids the world of a convicted murderer.

Ardaiz, James A. "Retribution Is Not Only a Need of Society; It Is a Right to Those..." Los Angeles Times. 28 Oct 2012: A.35. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 16 Oct 2013.
rslaganhs

Con

Its easy to say that the death should stay in place... because the normal every day people have never had to make that decision before. lets look at an example, if you were to look at the average convicted felon of a heinous crime most would say send them to death row. But Recently they have been putting more thought into stepping away from using the death penitly for many reasons. When approached from a human rights perspective, opponents emphasize two points. Firstly, that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, and secondly, that many people on death row have been exonerated of crimes both before and after their executions. In the United States, the concept of "cruel and unusual punishment" stems from the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. We cant keep making this blanket pardon for the death penitly, I'm not saying we shouldn't have the death penitly all I'm saying is we should try for rehabilitation before sending felon's off to death row.
"abolishment of the death penalty." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.
Debate Round No. 1
MGallagherNHS

Pro

Though there are people who say that the death penalty is cruel and unusual, there are the facts that the possibility of the death penalty actually does cross most criminals minds before committing a murder. In an article by Michael Kronenwetter, the facts are clear about the death penalty, "In the early 1970s, the Los Angeles Police Department conducted interviews with 99 criminals who had not carried lethal weapons when they committed their crimes. According to the police, roughly half gave fear of the death penalty as the reason for their decision to reject weapons." The criminals who decided to not carry lethal weapons when they committed their crimes because of the fear of the death penalty. The threat of a possibility of being sentenced to death for crimes that a person commits proves that the death penalty may be cruel and unusual but very affective.

Kronenwetter, Michael. "death penalty and crime deterrence." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2013.
rslaganhs

Con

rslaganhs forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
MGallagherNHS

Pro

The death penalty is not just in place to serve justice or give closure; the death penalty is also used to keep people safe from the murderers. This is best represented in this quote, by Michael Kronenwetter, "According to the death penalty's proponents, at the most basic level, the execution of dangerous criminals can be seen as a simple matter of self-defense, because, at the very least, death stops executed criminals from ever repeating their crimes." The death penalty is a way of making the world a safer place and it is arguably a self-defense claim. People who have committed a murder do scare others in society, the thought that this murderer could be able to kill again is a great reason to sentence them to death.

Kronenwetter, Michael. "Death Penalty and Crime Rates: Need To Know." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2013.
rslaganhs

Con

Since the 1980s, there has been an increasing trend in abolishing the death penalty, typically stemming from a human rights perspective. Despite its abolishment, 74 countries continue to use the death penalty as a legitimate and deterring method of criminal justice. We should find different ways of punishing these people other than put them to death. I dont beleive in allowing these people to re join society but i feel they sould be iccolated and forced to pay for there wrong doings.

"abolishment of the death penalty." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2013
Debate Round No. 3
MGallagherNHS

Pro

MGallagherNHS forfeited this round.
rslaganhs

Con

"Ultimately, the moral question surrounding capital punishment in America has less to do with whether those convicted of violent crime deserve to die than with whether state and federal governments deserve to kill those whom it has imprisoned." Death is... an unusually severe punishment, i feel there is credible evidence that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than long terms of imprisonment. altjough I do feel the death penilty should remain for thoes crimes that are just so hanious and for those people who pose a threat to the community.

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Debate Round No. 4
MGallagherNHS

Pro

There are people who try and understand the eighth amendment and I believe that the people who wrote the eighth amendment were actually trying to say that there should be some restrictions on unusual and cruel punishment, but not get rid of the death penalty all together. In the article The Death Penalty: Dilemma: Opening , this statement was quoted, "In the first Perspective, Dr. Joseph Melusky argues that the language of the Eighth Amendment places limits on, but does not prohibit, capital punishment. Some form of the death penalty, he observes, has always been considered acceptable for especially heinous crimes." There are people in this world who are smart people like doctors and such who also believe that the cruel and unusual punishment does not extend to taking all of the death penalty away but restricting some forms of the death.

"The Death Penalty: Dilemma: Opening." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 25 Oct. 2013.
rslaganhs

Con

rslaganhs forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Reasons for voting decision: Con never really gave much evidence that the death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment. Con also failed to properly rebut Pro's argument about deterrence. I don't know how many lives are saved in the Pro world, but at least he has some impact coming off his case (not to mention he is defending the status quo)